With the Samsung-branded, Android-powered smartwatch having got off to something of a rocky start to life, failing to fully capture consumers’ attentions, the costly Samsung Galaxy Gear is now being bundled with the manufacturer’s latest phablet offering.
Available for a limited time only, Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it will be giving away free Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches 23:59 this evening as part of its pre-Christmas flash sale. The techy timepiece will be packaged with the Note 3 when the handset is taken out on contract.
Although the deal, which is bundled with a 24 month, £37 per month contract, is available on both the black and white Samsung Galaxy S4 offerings, the retailer is only offering the grey Samsung Galaxy Gear at no extra cost.
With the Samsung Galaxy Gear having been unveiled at IFA 2013 earlier this year, the camera and speaker incorporating, smartphone syncing wrist wear was until this week compatible only with the Note 3. Last month a Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update introduced Gear compatibility to the flagship phone.
While the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which lets you receive texts and calls to your wrists, is priced at £300 on its own, the smartwatch started at a disadvantage to the rival Sony Smartwatch 2 which came free with a Sony Xperia Z1 from the start.
In October it was suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Gear was suffering from 30 per cent return rates as early adopters quickly became unenamoured with the touchscreen hosting gadget.
In our recent Samsung Galaxy Gear review we awarded the smartwatch just 4/10 stating it “is under supported, overpriced and feels like a rushed effort, made to beat the competition, and rumoured competition, that has failed to achieve its potential.”
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